Now it’s time for all the stuff I don’t figure on making full posts out of, with the spiffy graphic by Matt English (aka @mattomic). It’s your Mid-Afternoon Snack…
The Tampa Bay Tribune, in addition to having the most annoying fucking pop-up ad I’ve ever fucking encountered, has a story of how three unnamed Jays players three years ago lived in a Florida condo unit where they allegedly left the bath tub running for over an hour, which damaged the unit below, and has now caused a lawsuit against the team from the woman who lived there.
Bluebird Banter gets to the top of their top Jays prospects list, and it comes with a couple of surprises: Jake Marisnick ahead of Anthony Gose, and Noah Syndergaard ahead of him at number two.
At Getting Blanked, Parkes fills you in on how the Yankees are getting budget conscious… apparently.
The Canadian Press, via the Globe and Mail, talks about Ricky Romero being key for the Jays in 2012, and misses a crucial word in an Alex Anthopoulos quote. No, they DON’T “need everyone to have a career year.”
Extra Base Hit tweets that the highest over/under home run total as set by Vegas belongs to Jose Bautista, at 44. I’ll take the under, but, of course, I’m a dick.
The Toronto Sun talks about Adam Lind’s back, as though 2010 didn’t happen, and give us a notebook post (article, whatever) that tries to somehow keep on pretending it was stupid to get rid of Reed Johnson in 2008, while adding this quote from Brett Cecil, on encouragement he received from scout Mel Didier after facing live hitters on Wednesday: “He told me that in none of the three games he saw last year was I throwing with the same free delivery and arm speed that he saw today.”
At the Star the check in with Francisco Cordero, tell us of the Mets’ optimism about Frank Francisco and (guffaw!) Jon Rauch, and assure us that Jose Bautista is a loyal soldier while slinging bullshit about the possibility of his contract somehow not being honoured. They also tell us about his fancy new blue glove. Who is he, Juan Guzman?
FanGraphs reveals the top end of its crowdsourced broadcaster rankings, and the result is thoroughly unsurprising. “Vin Scully has been an excellent broadcaster since that time in our nation’s history when men wore fedoras unironically,” Carson Cistulli rather awesomely points out.
Lastly, John Sickels has his All Questions Answered thread up at Minor League Ball, which might require some further comment… y’know… once I actually read it.